Thursday, March 03, 2011
I am suffering from an acute case of Scale Madness.
So let's talk real numbers here.
Saturday I saw my weight actually at where my ticker says - WOOHOO for HONESTY!!! :) (185) and I was like sweet! Now I finally might move past that number!
Then Tuesday...187.... today.....188.5 WTF?!?!?!?!
Sorry guys but I'm baffled. I have only one possible solution, so I need you all to tell me if it is legit or not. haha.
I do not believe I've been high on sodium - I've been eating basically cereal for breakfast, fruits for snacks, leftovers for lunch (ok so I did eat out for lunch on Tuesday for lunch which was probably pretty high in sodium but that was TUESDAY, but dinner out was a chicken breast salad so probably not too horrible on the sodium front, right?) -
Mon dinner - Curried Chicken Salad (from Ellie Kriegers "So Easy" -so GOOD)
Tue - Salad w/ Chicken breast - no cheese, no tortilla strips - so corn, beans, chicken, lettuce, grapes, and a bit of a sweet pepper vinaigrette. (NOT A LOT) and a cupcake. MIL's Birthday
Wed - Chicken Pitas - chicken, spinach, hummus, feta. BAM!
So there's the food, been lightly over calories a couple of days (Tue turned out to be more like less than 100 over) and last night I was like 25 cal over, but overall very good and on track.
So the culprit I think might have something to do with it all - Strength Training.
I haven't been doing it, I started doing it again. My butt is sore, my chest and arms are still sore from Monday night, and I did some crunches last night after aquajogging and band even and my abs were kinda already sore so I kept it simple and just did a couple sets and called it a night.
Aiding and abetting is possibly not getting enough sleep? Wednesday night is a LATE NIGHT for me.
So what do you think, SparkPeople? Also - if it IS because of the ST, does that mean this weight is around to stay for a bit, or should it drop back down after I find an equilibrium with my ST? I'm definitely not stopping ST for fear of my weight going up because I KNOW it's good for me, I'm just looking to understand the changes on the scale.
I REALLY REALLY REALLY do not want to let my Scale Back team down. I started the Scale Back challenge at 189.5 on my home scale, Saturday at the end fo week 4 I weighed down 4.5lbs so on track for 10lbs lost, but now I'm almost back to square one and it's really frustrating.
As far as the BIG PICTURE goes - I know I'm losing weight for vanity purposes mostly - to get back into my skinniest pair of skinny jeans - and also to get faster in running, and that I'm at a healthy weight for my height, and I'm fit and all that. I want these goals, but big picture the time frame doesn't matter.
Small picture, I got a team that will only have a chance at winning money in a drawing if I can dial in the best way for me to get down by 10lb total by the end of 10 weeks and we're halfway through as of tomorrow.
So lend me your support, your thoughts, etc.! I need it!
Added 11:50PM: P.S. -- Keep it coming! I appreciate so much people telling me these things that I know are true, but for some reason have a hard time applying to myself when I get angry at the scale. I also wasn't sure that the amount was consistent with that type of a fluctuation so hearing you all say - yes it's the ST, relax - helps a lot! :)
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
So, I'm feeling pretty good today so far.
Today will be a challenge food-wise, though -- lunch out w/ my team and dinner out for my MIL's birthday. I know what I'm eating tonight for sure, lunch I have a tentative plan in my nutrition tracker but I might change tactics once we get there, I dunno.
As is, I'll be over for the day by about 150 calories - and I may have overestimated the chicken portion of the day, but underestimated some other thigns? And maybe the cupcake estimate seems a bit high, too - but I figure 150 over and being perfectly content with all food choices for the day is worth it for me. Maybe I can burn an extra 150 calories this week.
I've also changed my goals to lose 1.5lb instead of 2 a week. I don't think 2 was realistic really, but 1.5 I think is a good goal right now, and it shifted my calorie range by 100 cal up - not a lot, but at least now I'm not at the very bottom, and for some reason that's comforting for me? haha.
Couldn't aquajog yesterday due to a plumbing issue at the house in the middle of the night causing me to need to be at the gym in the AM to shower - but I DID do my upper body strength workout (gymstyle) and some ArcTrainer. Burned a comparable amount of calories as I would have aquajogging for a similar total time, so I felt good about it all. My foot is bugging me, but Plantar Fasciitis style and less so w/ my achilles. I rolled it out this morning and it feels a bit better today. Gotta stay on top of that!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
After being frustrated about seeing my weight shoot up on Thursday, then it go back down 2lbs but not far enough to count a "loss" for scale back for week 4, Saturday morning after being on point it was down another 2 to create what would have been a 1.5lb loss for last week. Gotta keep that moving down for this week. If I'm down .5lb from the weight I saw Saturday, I will be on track for the 10lbs lost in 10weeks so that's the main thing I'm hoping for.
Then it was chili cookoff last night - my splurge meal of the week - and I won an Honorable Mention award for my chili under the "Hottest Chili" category. :) I tasted the winner of that category and I liked the flavor of mine better. Their was all meat and tomatoes and beans and spice, mine had onions and peppers and corn and I like that better. It had a fresher flavor even while being spicy which I prefer - but then again, it's my chili! I make it that way on purpose!
In spite of it being about 1/2-2/3 of the way gone, we had leftovers to bring home so I will have something to bring for lunches. :) hehe.
Here's a picture of me with my prize. :) I also wore my new size 11 Jeggings all day Saturday. I think that sizing is flawed but it still strokes my ego and also being comfortable in skin tight fake jeans is no small feat either.
Now since I had my splurge of the week, it's back to being 100% tracked and on point all week long.
I also made a weight/strength plan for the week that I emailed to my scale back team.
M - upper body, T - lower, W - quick core, R - lower, F- upper, S- longer core, Su - rest.
I need to make sure to remind myself that doing a muscle grouping at a time means that it is REALLY SHORT and I have NO EXCUSES for missing this because I can do it in NO TIME. :)
Thursday, February 24, 2011
So... I was so tired yesterday I decided I should go home and rest.
I dunno what's going on with me since last Saturday, but it's very tired whatever it is. hahaha. I felt good on Tuesday teaching Zumba and actually doing the aquajogging and shopping, but once I got home I was like - I'M DYING OF THIRST and drank like at least 40 oz of water right then and there. And then as the pizza was in the oven it all just HIT me.
I felt ok most of yesterday but in the afternoon I was just soooo tired. So I go home, hang out w/ hubby for a while and then I realize I'm STARVING. I start preparing pork chops and brussel sprouts, but while it's cooking I eat some of the leftover appetizers from Saturday's surprise party. I think that was a bad move. I probably ate too much of them and I think the sodium did a number on me.
So Tuesday I was down .5lb but today I was up 3lbs from what I was on Tuesday. UGGGH that's only .5lb down from my scale back STARTING weight. I really am not believing I gained 3lbs between those two days, but to be honest, I wasn't tracking my food for some of those two days, so I feel more afraid of that number than I should I think. I've burned over half my calorie burn goal for the week already, I need to get in some more workouts this weekend, but tonight we're going to a hockey game to NETWORK! :) DH is planning on dinner being a hot dog at the game - so I tracked a hot dog w/ mustard into my tracker. We'll see if there is a better option. PLUS Lunch is being provided at work today in this luncheon meeting thing I got invited to. I requested a healthy option so we will see if they were able to come up with it.
All that combined means even if I'm being very diligent about my calories, likely the scale will not cooperate and fluctuate back down to reality for tomorrow morning's team weighin for scale back. It's not really important- it's only for us to keep track, it doesn't matter for the competition thing, but the fact that a fluctuation could take me so close to my starting point makes me so nervous about being able to reach my final goal for this thing. Losing 1lb a week is totally a great place to be for me personally, but I had really hoped to be able to EXCEED the 10lb weight loss for the 10 weeks to feel more secure in being able to contribute to a good weigh-in for the team at the end. I know that final week will be 100% clean eating and guzzling water to make sure there are no surprise fluctuations to be accounted for.
Anyway - Just feeling run down and trying to not actually GET run down. *sigh* I thought it was de-motivation but I really think the motivation is there and the energy level just ISN'T right now.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
HAHA. I was feeling pretty good yesterday, but then I kept going until I utterly conked out last night too late and now I'm tired again.
Felt sick on Sunday and Monday - called in to work. Mostly just felt super tired, but was also having stomach issues - mostly horrible headaches and my stomach just being completely turned off by food except for simple carbs, and even then not most of the day, just random hungriness that I then overreacted too I think.
Tuesday morning I weighed myself to assess the damage of the weekend with - OH YEAH!
THE SURPRISE PARTY! I hadn't blogged about it here in case DH came and read my SP Blog, but I planned a Surprise Party for him to celebrate the completion of his Doctorate. :) It was reallly fun. There was LOTS of food and I ate a lot of it - and delicious cake made by my friend Crystal. We all had a blast! :)
So anyway - that was a success but I'm wondering if the food somehow led to the sickness? In any case, I felt mostly better by Tuesday morning, just still not feeling food most of the time but I felt I was definitely ok to go to work. I weighed in .5lb down from Friday, hoping to get at least another .5lb down by Friday when I do my scale back Alabama weighin for my team.
So not so bad. Honestly if I keep losing 1lb a week, I will be happy because it will be consistent movement in the right direction, I just don't want to backslide!
Last night I hula hooped a bit before zumba, but I started feeling my heel (like PF style not achilles style) so I stopped to make sure I was good to go for Zumba. Zumba was great, although most of my class was unable to make it. And then it was off to aquajogging - a long one last night, 44 min.
And then I hit the grocery store. DH was supposed to make pizza dough, but he for some reason put 1.5cups of water in the recipe instead of .5 cup and when I called to say I'd be home a little later than I said he was like, "I made yeast flour soup!" :( hahahahaha. So we decided I'd swing by Earth Fare which has fresh pizza dough for sale and get some of that, and when I got there I figured I'd do our week's shopping as well. So I have fresh FRUIT again! And I bought a little fruit mix container to use the pineapple from for pizza and the rest to eat w/ Greek yogurt which I did this morning. WOOT.
Anyway. Tonight is Aquajogging - 9x2:30 /30sec recovery intervals is the plan for tonight, and then BIG BAND. woot.
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